Muslims were urged to think positively and avoid stress by looking to faith amid the third wave of COVID-19 during a Munajat session on Saturday.
Head of Dakwah Propagation (Counselling) at the Islamic Da’wah Centre Haji Badaruddin bin Haji Basar in his religious talk ‘Facing Test from Allah the Almighty’, said the pandemic and the Omicron variant have an impact on mental health, which led the Ministry of Health (MoH) calling on the people to think poisitively to avoid stress, sadness and anxiety.
He said In the context of Islam, Muslims should stay calm and avoid sadness by always having good intentions and believing Allah the Almighty will assist in finding a way out of difficult situation.
He said Allah the Almighty will answer to good intentions, provided that they are sincere.
The weekly religious gathering on Saturday received 1,200 participants, comprising the MoH workforce, at hospitals and suraus nationwide.
The workforce of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and mosque congregants also participated.
The gathering began with the recitation of Sayyidul Istighfar and Surah Al-Fatihah led by the Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar.
It was followed by the recitation of Surah Yaasiin led by Assistant Education Officer at Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muhammad Adlan Aziz bin Haji Yussop while Doa Munajat was read by Assistant State Mufti Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mazanan bin Haji Yusof from Jubli Perak Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque in Kampong Jangsak.
The Munajat night was also highlighted with the recitation of Selawat Ibrahimiyyah led by Medical Commander of the COVID-19 Holding Area Ma’had (CHAM) in Tutong District Dr Haji Mohammad Athaaillah bin Haji Abdullah.
The religious gathering ended with Doa Peliharakan Sultan and Negara Brunei Darussalam by Belait Mosque Affairs Officer from Kampong Sungai Liang Mosque.
Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman and Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud also attended
The Munajat night is held to get closer to Allah the Almighty and seek forgiveness through Selawat, recitation of prayers and supplication with the hope that the people and the nation are free from calamity and diseases.